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what you were going to say, john, so forgive me, but the parents ofh -- of hadiya pendleton who had performed at the president's inauguration and then her life was taken randomly in a park where she was playing with her friends. >> reporter: that's exactly right. i think that's the challenge that we're confronting here. he is meeting now behind closed doors in a private meeting. they aren't allowing any still photographers or even a spray of this meeting. he's meeting with 16 students at this school, hyde park academy, 16 students who take part in an anti-violence program, who talk about mentoring, who talk about helping youth at risk. these are students who have -- some are in this by choice, some have been urged to join this group by school leaders, school teachers and administrators. the school described this conversation as a heart-to-heart talk between the president, who does know these streets, knows this area. his home is only two miles away from this high school. to talk to these young men about what it's like to grow up in an environment like this, in a tough neighborhood,
singular murders i referenced just now with regard to hadiya pendleton last leek, what does the leadership of the nra need to happen before it will support anything that might make us safer? what needs to happen? >> what you're underscoring here is the fact that we've got to stop asking the question here, what will be enough for them? we've got to seize the opportunity to make sure that they feel the pressure of the american people. they are the ones who are being anti-democratic, small "d." they're the ones being unpatriotic in the sense they're not protecting all the citizens here. to ask what it will take for them, they will have to take somebody from their own families, some person who gets killed, murdered, or harmed that they know intimately for them to feel the message the american people collectively have experienced the horror of seeing these 20 vulnerable children and now miss pendleton subjected to arbitrary forms of violence that can be predicted because of these magazines and these drums and these strips that do nothing but bring carnage to our streets. they have no place in o
of hadiya pendleton, the chicago teen who performed at his inauguration, and obviously as we know, she was shot and killed just days afterwards. and now we have another death coming just hours after he makes his speech in chicago. and it's all just a sampling of what the president talked about, a newtown every four months happening in our cities, isn't it? >> that's right. i mean, listen, it's very, very important that the president was there and that he gave this speech. it's really a testament like princeton professor said on twitter, it's a testament to the black youth activists who started the petition and started the pressure on the president to come back home and to address these issues. it's a good model for the black opportunity and progressive activists who are interested in pushing this president to do certain things that making your voice heard does matter. >> the president was deeply personal in this speech about the importance of fathers. take a listen. >> there's no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than s
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